Post-Covid Connectivity for the Office

Just over a year ago, COVID drove the nation into a state of remote work. Whilst many employees will opt to work from home as we embark on the new ‘normal’, others will be sat in anticipation of that email declaring they may return to the office – if they haven’t received it already.

Regardless of preference, it’s now down to business leaders to make sure their employee’s work processes complement and interact with one another seamlessly. However, it’s not as simple as you might think.

Hybrid workforces pose a number of new challenges businesses haven’t necessarily considered. But the facts remain. Reliable connectivity is a must regardless of location, therefore businesses need to adapt further or risk being left behind during the COVID-19 recovery.

But just how does a post COVID future and the potential for hybrid workforces impact our processes – and what do businesses need to do?

A call for better office connectivity

Although there may be fewer people in the office at any one time, those that are there will likely consume far more bandwidth than ever before. This is thanks to face-to-face meetings and voice calls transitioning to video and demanding over 10x the bandwidth*. As a result, this calls for scaling workplace connectivity to meet this new demand.

The fight for bandwidth in and out of the office

Hot desking has taken on a brand-new meaning with employees now setting up camp from sofas, café’s and gardens. Those companies embracing this flexibility must now provide reliable homeworker VPN access to on premise critical systems, data and shared drives. This is so remote employees can work efficiently – while staff in the office clog up bandwidth.

Whilst an empty office may have posed no challenges, that might not be the case when supporting both models simultaneously – with remote access creating much higher volumes of traffic coming in and out of these data sources.

Early risers vs night owls

Thanks to our newfound love for flexible work, many businesses are now open to their employees fitting work around their personal schedules. For example, looking after their children, attending a midday yoga class, or doing the weekly food shopping before the 5pm rush. This means employees now are working earlier, later, and less in between. Therefore their connectivity needs to match up. As a result, enter scalable bandwidth.

With bandwidth now able to altered to meet peaks and troughs in demand, you can help your workforce work more efficiently when they’re connected, and boost your bottom line when they’re not.

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So, what should businesses be doing now?

To support a hybrid workforce, businesses must invest in reliable internet connections that support a breadth of activities like uploading files, downloading presentations and participating in conference calls with or without a camera – all at speed.

Having complete oversight of a network’s performance, how many people are using it at a given time, and where you need to step in and make changes can also be a gamechanger on this path. Many network providers offer self-service online portals that provide exactly that for businesses to ensure their workforce is able to operate efficiently, all the time.

In summary

The impact of COVID has been fierce on businesses late to the remote working party. But with employees now able to connect from anywhere, at any time of the day, more work inevitably has been completed and has driven a surge in innovation from competitors in every field.

To continue to compete, businesses must consider the risks posed by their current systems and connectivity and commit to making changes before it’s too late.

Internet downtime must become a thing of the past – or companies can expect to lose competitive edge and even employees to companies offering more efficient working – where they aren’t having to compete with slow systems and bandwidth.

Is your infrastructure up to the task? Contact us today for business connectivity solutions. We can provide your business with super-fast, ultra reliable Full Fibre internet, with speeds up to 1Gb. Why wait? Make sure you are set up for the post-covid workforce. Call 01623 687750, or email sales@nottel.co.uk

* An average MS Teams call with video = 1.2mb vs a sip call 100kb (source Microsoft https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoftteams/prepare-network)

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